Tag Archives: Black Writing from Chicago

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

The five-minute VIDEO below shows Dr. Joy DeGruy explaining some of the central concepts of her idea of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), a syndrome she locates as a species of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  You cannot heal from … Continue reading

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D.L. Crockett-Smith: Cowboy Amok

David Lionel Smith, who writes poetry as D.L. Crockett-Smith, is John W. Chandler Professor of English at Williams College, where he has also served as Dean of Faculty and as Chair of African-American Studies.  He has also taught at The … Continue reading

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Conrad Kent Rivers: Of Mourning Songs and Revolutions

Conrad Kent Rivers’ success with poetry began in high school where his “Poor Peon” won the Savannah, Georgia, State Poetry Prize in 1951.  He went on to publish poems in such magazines as the Antioch Review, the Kenyon Review, Negro … Continue reading

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